An audience without Alan Bennett...


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At Waltham Library

on Friday 2nd December 2016 at 7.30pm. Lincs Inspire Library and Arts Development Team is delighted to announce that it has been selected as one of just twenty libraries around the UK to participate in the very special virtual author event, ‘An Audience without Alan Bennett’. 
An Audience Without Alan Bennet
In autumn 2016, twenty libraries will invite members of the public to participate in an authorless evening celebrating Alan Bennett’s work and new book of collected prose and diary entries Keeping On, Keeping On. The evening will consist of video appearances by the author, and extracts from Bennett’s new book read by an actor playing Alan Bennett. Audience members will be called on at points during the evening to read diary entries aloud, covering themes such as politics, everyday life, being a writer and getting older, in what promises to be an engaging, humane, sharp, funny and unforgettable record of life according to the inimitable Alan Bennett.

Steve Hipkins, Head of Cultural Services said, ‘We are delighted that we have been selected as just one of 20 UK wide libraries to host An Evening without Alan Bennett. Alan Bennett’s work speaks vividly and movingly to all types of people about the types of issues that matter to them. We are therefore particularly pleased to have this event as part of our ongoing endeavours to increase the cultural offer in NE Lincolnshire.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. They are available from Waltham Library 01472 323656.

The evening is supported by The Reading Agency and Bennett’s publishers, Profile Book and Faber & Faber.


About Alan Bennett: Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage.  One of the National Theatre's most successful productions ever, The History Boys won numerous awards. His collection of prose Writing Home was a number one Sunday Times bestseller. Untold Stories won the PEN/Ackerley Prize for autobiography, 2006. Recent works of fiction are The Uncommon Reader and Smut: Two Unseemly Stories. The film of The Lady in the Van starring Maggie Smith was released in 2015, and a new edition of his book of the same name was a number one Sunday Times bestseller for nine weeks.

About the book: Alan Bennett’s Keeping On Keeping On is his third collection of diaries and prose, available from all good bookshops from 20th October 2016. It follows in the footsteps of the phenomenally successful Writing Home and Untold Stories, each published ten years apart. Published by Profile Books and Faber & Faber.

About the Reading Agency: We are a charity whose mission is to inspire more people to read more, encourage them to share their enjoyment of reading and celebrate the difference that reading makes to all our lives. We support people at all stages of their reading journey. Because everything changes when we read.

For more information on the evening, please contact: Waltham Library on 01472 323656 or Derek O'Connell on 01472 323615  email derek.o'


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